Exercise is Medicine: July 30th, 2012

 Fourteen mile run along the beautiful Lake Michigan coast.

I recently read a book that is a "must read" this summer. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, written by John J. Rates MD, a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 

Don't think you must be a healthcare professional or a PhD to read this. Dr. Ratey has written this book for all of us to understand and appreciate the relationship of exercise, nutrition and improvements in brain function . Through very interesting and easy to understand studies and examples, he takes us through the process of how exercise helps our brains literally grow and we become smarter!

His premise that exercise is medicine is Revolutionary. Dr. Ratey discusses comparisons of exercise versus medication in treating depression. The studies suggest strongly that exercise does have a significant effect equal to medication. However, he does stress to never make changes in your medical care without discussing this with your doctor.

I highly suggest you take the time to enjoy this book. It's an exciting step toward anyone's healthy changes in their lives.

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